Lukas Podolski thinks Arsenal should look to Germany for their next managerial appointment, after learning of Arsene Wenger’s imminent departure.
Last Friday, the Arsenal boss announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season. The hunt for a replacement should be well underway by now, and Podolski threw his opinion into the mix at the weekend.
“I am of the opinion that Arsenal would be good for a German manager,” he told Sunday’s Morgenpost am Sonntag. “This is my feeling. The club has been relying on German know-how for several years now.”
Presumably the 32-year-old is referring to the fairly strong German contingent at the club right now. Per Mertesacker is the club’s captain, and will take over managing the academy next season. Mesut Özil is the star of the team, and Shkodran Mustafi is the most vocal member of the defence.
Maybe a German manager could help build on those key pieces of the Arsenal puzzle and improve the team.
Here are the German coaches who have been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks:
Nagelsmann is only 30 years old, but already has a couple of years managing Hoffenheim behind him. According to the Daily Mail in March, Arsenal were keeping an eye on him this season.
The young German, who used to play for FC Augsburg II and 1860 Munich II over a decade ago, has only ever coached the Bundesliga team. Whilst he did help them finish in a Champions League qualifier spot for the first time in their history last term, he’s still really inexperienced.
What’s more, Nagelsmann has been referred to as a ‘mini-Mourinho’, which is relatively terrifying.
I don’t think he’s necessarily the most likely candidate on this list, since you’d expect Arsenal to go for someone a bit more experienced for this transition.
Then again, who would’ve guessed they’d go for Arsene Wenger 22 years ago? Ornstein points out the Nagelsmann knows Mislintat from their time in Germany, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out.